All students intending to major in chemistry should consult with the department chairman
or their academic advisor. Provided that Chemistry 201 and 202 (General chemistry
I and II) have been taken in one of the first two years, a student may elect to
major in chemistry
as late as the end of the sophomore year. Students electing to
minor in chemistry
can often decide to do so as late as their senior year. A complete list of
chemistry courses and descriptions
offers understanding of the living world from the molecular level. As a biochemistry
major at Illinois Wesleyan, you'll work closely with faculty who are inspired by your
unique curiosity and interests. Our students enjoy the opportunity for hands-on laboratory
research experience with faculty mentors.
With a common set of courses in the chemistry and biology departments, the biochemistry
major also offers enough flexibility to focus on specific areas of interest – and
the benefit of studying science in the context of a well-rounded, broad-based education.
For further information, contact Brian Brennan, Associate Professor, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Putting Your Learning into Practice
Superior facilities and equipment
plus practical opportunities are part of the Illinois Wesleyan chemistry program.
All of our equipment is for hands-on student use. The majority of our majors pursue
an independent research project on our campus, collaborating closely withal faculty
member. Our students often have paid summer research positions at IWU or internships
at national laboratories like Argonne, at large university research centers like the
University of Illinois Urbana Champaign and in pharmaceuticals companies such as Pfizer
Your Professional Future
Graduates of our chemistry program
pursue a number of exciting careers. Our alumni include university professors, high
school teachers, research chemists in the chemical industry, physicians and chemical
patent lawyers. Whatever professional course you take, the education you receive
at Illinois Wesleyan will prepare you to make an important contribution to the diverse
and challenging field of chemistry.
The size of Illinois Wesleyan's Chemistry Department is one of its big advantages.
Because we're relatively small, our students have the opportunity to work individually
with faculty members. Because our students have the ability to talk in detail about
research they've done as undergraduates, they have a distinct edge when seeking admission to graduate schools or positions
with industrial research firms.
Pre-Professional Science at IWU
As is the case in most universities, at Illinois Wesleyan you cannot major in pre-medicine,
pre-dental, or pre-veterinary medicine. You should major in the field that you are
the most interested in, being certain to complete the courses required by all pre-professional
programs: two laboratory classes each in general biology, general physics, general
chemistry and organic chemistry. Several successful pre medical students have majored
in chemistry and participated in significant research within the department. To better help our students interested in pursuing professional programs we have a
dedicated pre-health advisor
who can offer guidance and resources so students can learn about a range of career
paths and are knowledgeable about creating a competitive application.
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Courses are offered by the department to meet the needs of those majoring in chemistry
or allied sciences by rigorous training in the principles and applications of modern
chemistry. The department also aims to meet the needs of general education students
who wish to learn and appreciate the atomic-molecular concept of matter as a background
for understanding the scientific issues of importance to all in the modern world.
The department of chemistry is accredited by the American Chemical Society as offering
a program of study which will lead to individual certification, upon graduation, by
that society. Such a course of study will equip the chemistry major to (1) meet the
entrance requirements for further studying chemistry graduate programs or medical
or dental schools; or (2) enter governmental or industrial laboratories as a chemist.
A major in chemistry can also lead to a wide variety of other occupations ranging
from forensic laboratory science to chemical patent law to business management or